The Huawei P50 Pro flagship smartphone, which is now available outside of China, is being marketed as “a legend reborn,” but there are a few issues to ponder. The lack of Google Mobile Services is the most notable of them, which, along with the lack of 5G support, significantly diminishes its desirability. In fact, Huawei hasn’t been in the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world since Q3 2020, soon before the company auctioned off its Honor sub-brand, due to its well-publicized and ongoing issues with access to US technology.Huawei’s P-series phones have always had superb photography features, and the P50 Pro appears to be no exception. Is that, however, sufficient? Let’s have a look at the features and specs in this article and form a conclusion.
Huawei P50 Pro Singapore Pricing, Availability, Promotions:
The new Huawei P50 Pro will be available in Singapore from 22 January 2022 in two colorways: Cocoa Gold and Golden Black for S$1,548 at all Huawei Approved Stores, major telco operators M1, Singtel, Starhub, authorized merchants, Lazada, and Shopee.
The Huawei P50 Pro comes with a two-year guarantee and a dedicated after-sales service for customers who want extra care for their smartphone. Within the first three months of purchase, you’ll get a year of door-to-door repair pickup and delivery, as well as a one-time screen replacement.
Do you require technical support? Simply inform the hotline that you’re using a P50 Pro, and they’ll connect you to the appropriate team without the dreaded generic jingle and wait time.You’ll also be entitled to a complimentary Huawei Watch 3 Active Edition (worth S$448) with purchase of the Huawei P50 Pro.
Here are the key specs of the Huawei P50 Pro available in Singapore:
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Resolution||2700 x 1228 Pixels, 450 ppi|
|Battery Capacity||4360 mAh (typical value), 4260 mAh (rated value)|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
Nano Memory expandable storage, up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||50 MP True-Chroma Camera (Color, f/1.8 aperture, OIS)|
40 MP True-Chroma Camera (MONO, f/1.6 aperture)
13 MP Ultra-Wide-Angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture)
64 MP Telephoto Camera (f/3.5 aperture, OIS), support AF
|Front Camera||13 MP Selfie Camera (Wide Angle, f/2.4, autofocus)”|
|Dimensions & weight||158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5mm|
There was a time when it seemed like the Huawei P50 series would never see the light of day due to the company’s US-imposed limitations, the global pandemic, and continuous chip shortages.
Devices did ultimately arrive in the company’s home country of China (in August 2021), but it’s taken almost a year for overseas markets to get their hands on at least one of the series’ entries: the Huawei P50 Pro.
The Huawei P50 Pro is the most capable conventional bar-style phone that the company currently offers, owing to the P50 line’s difficult road to market.
Huawei P50 Pro Singapore Design and Display:
The HUAWEI P50 Pro is a 6.6-inch device that comes in two colors: Cocoa Gold and Golden Black. Upon testing we found that despite the fact that it takes up a lot of space on your palm, it is quite pleasant to carry. The P50 Pro has a curved OLED display with a resolution of 2700×1228 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. It also has a 300Hz sampling rate.
The smartphone’s dynamic refresh rate allows it to switch from 120Hz to 60Hz based on what the user is doing, conserving battery life over time. With contrast and dark modes, the display looks fantastic. It’s also bright enough, and even in direct sunlight, we had no trouble reading it.
Within the slab-of-glass smartphone paradigm, Huawei is noted for its superb industrial design and exemplary build quality. The visual centerpiece of the P50 Pro is the big cartouche-shaped camera bump on the left-hand side, which holds two large circular lens housings: the top one houses wide angle, ultra-wide angle, and monochrome cameras, while the bottom one houses a periscope telephoto camera (more on these below). The Dual Matrix camera system (main camera matrix + super-zoom matrix) is Huawei’s name for this two-ring configuration.
The P50 Pro weighs 195g and is easy to handle and navigate with one hand, even with the included clear bumper case. This phone, like most flagship-class handsets these days, has an IP68 dust and water resistance classification, which means it’s ‘dust tight’ and can withstand immersion in 1-3 meters of water for at least 30 minutes.
Huawei P50 Pro Singapore Performance:
The Snapdragon 888 4G processor powers the phone. In terms of utilizing the phone, we had a fantastic time. The CPU is quick and can easily handle any games, programs, or several tabs. The P50 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. As expected, the performance is excellent. The applications loaded swiftly, and there were no problems with multitasking.
Huawei P50 Pro Singapore Connectivity and battery life:
On testing we found that Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB-Type C port are all included in the P50 Pro. Due to trade concerns and worldwide semiconductor shortages, this smartphone does not have a 5G connection. A 3.5mm audio port is also missing from the phone.
The P50 Pro has a 4,360mAh battery, which is still a good size for today’s flagships and will last a full day of light to moderate use if power-saving features like dynamic refresh rate and dark mode are enabled.
Huawei P50 Pro Singapore Camera:
The photographic capabilities of HUAWEI’s P series smartphones are well-known. The P50 Pro is no exception, with its back quad-camera system.
We tested this and found that the dual-matrix camera setup on the HUAWEI P50 Pro produces extremely clear photos. XD Optics, HUAWEI’s latest image-processing engine, is also included in the P50 Pro. The company’s own computational photography processes make up the majority of it.
While the XD Optics allow users to capture photographs and reproduce small details, the true-chroma image engine ensures the most accurate color reproduction imaginable.
The phone has a primary wide-angle camera with a resolution of 50 megapixels (MP), a monochrome wide-angle camera with a resolution of 40 megapixels, and a 13 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels. The top circular camera module has these. This smartphone camera also has a 64MP periscope telephoto camera, a 100-degree ultra-wide-angle front camera, and a zoom capacity of up to 100x.
Because it does not need to contain color information, a monochrome camera may be able to capture more details. In portrait mode, the monochrome camera also helps with depth detection.
In bright sunlight, images recorded with an ultra-wide-angle or wide-angle camera are crisp and colorful, with plenty of details. The telephoto camera produced excellent results even while utilizing the digital 10x zoom.
The night mode on the P50 Pro does a fantastic job of presenting low-light settings without disclosing the light sources. At a look, you can tell the difference between the standard and night photos.
The phone is capable of recording 4K video in all focus ranges. The all-new AIS Pro image stabilization solution allows users to capture stable handheld films with ease, while AI cinemograph is ideal for creative pictures that highlight tiny motions.
The Verdict: Huawei P50 Pro Singapore
- Excellent AMOLED screen
- Wide-angle and telephoto capture rich, detailed photos
- Effective night mode
- Snapdragon 888 sans 5G chipset is still powerful
- Adequate battery life
- Very classy design
- IP68 certification
- Wireless charging (50 watts)/wired charging (66 watts)
- Ads in EMUI 12 and lots of bloatware
- No 5G compatibility
- Proprietary NM port to expand storage
- No Google services (GMS)
When it comes to image technology and software, Huawei continues to be the industry leader, and the P50 Pro proves it. If you’re only interested in one of the greatest camera phones on the market, the P50 Pro is a strong option. Much of the phone’s other hardware is also good, assuming you can look past the slightly outdated processor, average battery life, and lack of 5G connectivity.
Unfortunately, the best-in-class smartphone experience does not come from hardware alone. There are numerous issues in EMUI 12. For the most part, the lack of Google’s ecosystem and an older version of Android will continue to be an issue, but the issues have spread to Huawei’s own apps and ecosystem as well. As a result, recommending it is quite tough.
Huawei’s smartphone business is plainly in trouble, with both software and chipset technology clearly falling short of expectations for the company and its customers. We’d be willing to give the phone a pass on the 5G downgrade, which you might be able to ignore in exchange for the fantastic camera. Similarly, Huawei has attempted to improve the app issue, with ideas such as Petal Maps and Search proving to be beneficial. Huawei, on the other hand, has only itself to blame for the P50 Pro’s major software difficulties.
What’s the bottom line, then? Is the Huawei P50 Pro deserving of your attention? Yes, we’d say that, but it all depends. The Huawei P50 Pro boasts a beautiful appearance, fantastic speakers, a vibrant and rich display, and superb performance. It also boasts a top-of-the-line camera system that is among the best on the market. There is one major caveat: no Google services are available. For the vast majority of users, this is a must-have, but if you’re not one of them and can live without Google apps, this phone is an excellent alternative.